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  1. Dear Linda, Thank you for your reply. As you are aware Israel was created by UN mandate on a territory much smaller than is currently controlled. The internationally recognised borders are based on the 1967 armistice. Agreed it is policy to remove settlers as part of a negotiated agreement. I am just raising the point that this will be a tough and difficult thing to do, but necessary if peace is to be achieved. Apartheid. This was a system that gave different levels of rights to different groups of people. As I see it there are five levels of existence within the areas currently controlled b
  2. Thanks for your reply Linda. There are a couple of problems. One is that Fatah is corrupt and people in Gaza were tired of them - that is why they voted for Hamas. Gazans felt that Hamas were more honest and could deliver better. Many in Israel openly state that the economic blockade on Gaza since 2006 (which has crippled it) was actually designed to ensure that Hamas did not deliver. Because from Israel's point of view they could not afford to have a prosperous Hamas controlled Gaza. In addition, it is important to point out that Hamas is NOT like the Taliban. Gazan society also has its Chr
  3. SillyBear, They DID broadcast an appeal for the Sudan. DEC is a responsible organisation, they even get the National Audit Office AND other independent organisations to check the effectiveness of their aid. Take a look at the report on the Sudan appeal. http://www.dec.org.uk/download/411/Stateme...udan-Appeal.pdf Quite frankly, I think posts like that of linda@sjn are both unhelpful and irresponsible. Unhelpful because they are untrue and irresponsible because they divert the debate into childish and dangerous territory. There are lives at stake here, both jewish lives and palestinian lives
  4. Thanks Pale Rider One thing that is interesting is that the longer time goes on the more that solution b. becomes more difficult. Interestingly, some in Israel are now talking about solution a) whilst the right wing are moving toward solution d). I don't think that Egypt or Jordan would accept this, nor would most of Palestinian society. Sadly, solution c) seems to be the order of the day for the time being. Personally I think solution b. (as outlined in my first post) is probably the best one. If there is a customs union, monetary union etc then over time it the two states may become par
  5. Thank you Nickelodeon for your reply. The Pale Rider, I think a few minutes serious research and reflection will inform you that the only nation with nuclear weapons in the Middle East is Israel. Hamas is a rag tag armed militia, Israel is a heavily armed state, and has every right to be. If Iran ever actually develops nuclear weapons (very unlikely this will be allowed to happen) and then launches them at Israel (even less likely), this would mean the end of Tehran and plenty of other Iranian cities plus the effective end of Israel and Palestine given the small densely populated area that
  6. Not sure what this has to do with house prices. In any case, if we are going to debate this very complex issue, lets have a serious debate... In my previous post on page 3 of this thread I list the four possible solutions to the Israel - Palestine conflict. Which solution do you prefer? and why?
  7. Not posted on here since 2006, STR in 2005, now living abroad. Not sure what this thread has got to do with houseprices but I think it is worth adding a few factual points. 1) There are no Palestinian states, and to say that there are is a travesty. The population living under Israel's control in the West Bank and the Gaza strip are stateless. They have no freedom of movement, cannot vote in Israeli elections, have no passports, no international airports / ports. There is no possibility to trade freely as all goods and service are controlled by Israel. Even the taxes, banking system, electri
  8. That is what it was like. People got so hyped up about it all and then they could not live with the fact that their mortgage was having to pay for a loan worth less than the value of the house. A couple where I worked had the same problem. She was my colleague, they were a great couple, classic Yuppies, down from Doncaster and living it up in the city. In fact then they were called Dinkies Dinkies = Dual Income No Kids They bought a lovely apartment in ... er ... Camberwell (in 1989) only to see the price fall through the floor and were really devasted by this. Of course, time heals all
  9. What a fantastic speech, I have just read it. Pure class and so funny. Takes a lot of courage to say that next to GWB
  10. Oracle, I was trying to be sarcastic. If you look back up the thread you will see that I was attacking "homeless" who is peddling his/her usual tripe. As far as I am concerned we forget too quickly the different nationalities that fought (and died) under our flag, as far back as the Boer War. There is cemetries in South Africa of Indians who died fighting for Britain against the Dutch. However, I agree with you on the Welfare System point. It is supposed to be a failsafe, and abusing it is not good.
  11. Wow, NLRG on attack mode! What images that brings to mind... Shards of estate agents frontages lay scattered on the ground amongst shreds of white computer plastic. The stunned, smartly suited young man picked himself up. " I didn't see her coming" he blurted. "I only work in this Estate Agents to pay the mortgage on my studio in Enfield." Witnesses say they heard something about a Rent Girl - then this flying caped woman shot down like a thunderbolt from the sky and zapped the high street office... Oh well, back to work
  12. Hey - Rent Girl, I hope you did not misinterpret my post. 1) Firstly, I am North London Rent Man. I said I was of the generation who bought in time, not that I am also sitting pretty in the suburbs. In the dim and distant past I posted my own personal tale of woe about being shafted by HPI myself. As far as I am concerned, the bigger the bust the better. And I am not talking about Sarah Beeny. 2) I have not logged on for a few months and I was just commenting on the tone of some of the posts. 3) Is that an panther on your avatar? Edit: Just noticed it looks more like a bear! Best wishes
  13. Actually, we are doomed. The problem is, my dear homeless, that the whole of human history has been one of migration. We migrated out of Africa to Egypt and from their we dispersed throughout the globe. We didn't even reach blighty until late on, and then we came in waves of migrations. Celts, Angles, Scots, Saxons, Danes, Dutch, Gauls, Jews, Jamaicans. That is just the way the world is. From time to time nutters will try to stop the clock. Stop NOW they say, I like it just like it is. But you cant stop the clock, we are all mongrels and we will always move around. I accept it can be dif
  14. I could't agree more. The way the aussies transformed Earl's Court in the 1980's really pissed me off. And what about the Irish and the way that they took over parts of West London. And whilst I am on the subject, have you been to Golders Green - it is all Jewish. And another thing, I get the distinct impression that there are thousands and thousands of Scots down here, with their awful whisky. My God, can you imagine it, we might even have some none English blood in us and not even be aware of it. I swear, if I discover a drop of impure blood in me, I shall cut off my limbs in the direct pro
  15. Who is confused? I am very anti immigrant. I am sick to death of all these aussies, south africans and new zealanders that come over here and work in Foxtons. They add nothing to our culture, drive up houseprices, and then go back home. (joking...) I am also concerned at the influx of russians with dodgy cash However I welcome the immigration from the Indian sub continent which changed our culture in two ways. Firstly it brought us the open all hours corner shop and secondly brought us the curry, which has become as much part of our culture as fish and chips. England before immigration w
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